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Breitbart is sorry for mistaking a German soccer star for a 'migrant gang member'

Daily Kos - 3 hours 2 min ago

Just days after white supremacist and former presidential counselor Steve Bannon “returned” to Breitbart, the website reported on a group of violent thugs who have been taking advantage of desperate African refugees trying to reach Europe, charging them thousands of euros to smuggle them across the Mediterranean. There was just a glaring problem with the site’s reporting, though—the man featured in the story’s photograph wasn’t one of the described human smugglers roaming the Mediterranean for his next victim, but instead German soccer star Lukas Podolski, photographed while in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup:

In an editor’s note appended to the story, last modified on Sunday, Breitbart London apologized to Podolski for including an image of him in the report on “a gang charging migrants 5,000 euros each to bring them across from Morocco via the Strait of Gibraltar on jet-skis.”

“A previous version of this story included an image of Lukas Podolski on a jet ski. This image appeared as an illustration of a person on a jet ski. Breitbart London wishes to apologise to Mr. Podolski,” Breitbart London wrote. “There is no evidence Mr. Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked. We wish Mr. Podolski well in his recently announced international retirement.”

Nassim Touihri, Podolski’s manager, told a German newspaper that the situation was “a mess.”

“Lukas distances himself from it and won’t let himself be exploited. Our lawyer is already involved,” Touihri said, according to The Guardian.

As Salon notes, “Breitbart quickly pulled the photo and then issued a correction, or rather, a strangely defensive ‘editor’s note.’” Of course, when it comes to the website’s history of pushing disproven lies trying to link migrants to crime in Europe, that’s another story. The fact is that a number of these refugees have been killed by human smugglers, and thousands of others have drowned trying to make the journey just this year alone. But don’t expect the website to report on it as a humanitarian issue, which is what it is. Also, as Talking Points Memo noted, Trump touted Bannon’s return “as ‘competition’ for ‘fake news.’” How’s that going, Donald?

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Another Eclipse Open Thread

Balloon Juice - 3 hours 4 min ago

Photo from resident photographer Jeffreyw:

I didn’t see anything except it got darker out. I’m glad so many millions got a kick out of it. I celebrated this like every other major event in my life- general indifference and a mid-afternoon nap.

Also, this:

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Follow Live from Coast to Coast

Wired Science - 3 hours 9 min ago
Monday, August 21 marks the first total solar eclipse to hit the mainland United States in nearly 40 years.
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Four arrest warrants now out for America's saddest white nationalist, who still wants your pity

Daily Kos - 3 hours 14 min ago

White nationalist and fascist Christopher Cantwell gained national notoriety when a Vice News report on the Charlottesville protests highlighted his threatening speeches and belligerent swagger during the protests and their violence.

He gained more fame after the same furious, belligerent bald man who bragged "we'll fucking kill these people if we have to" and "a lot more people are going to die here" learned that law enforcement was looking for him and filmed himself, in tears, explaining that he didn't really mean those things–he was just trying to look like a tough guy. Or something. Whatever.

We, and he, now know the specifics of why law enforcement has been searching for him: It was for a photographed incident in which he pepper-sprayed one of the counter protesters he had been threatening to perhaps kill. And yep, they're not just "looking for him." It's a warrant for his arrest. Four of them, in fact!

“I thought that spraying that guy was the least damaging thing I could do,” he added. “In my left hand I had a flashlight. My other option, other than the pepper spray, was to break this guy’s teeth. O.K.? And I didn’t want to do that. I just wanted him to not hurt me.” [...]

“Tomorrow I’m more than likely going to find myself in a cage facing decades in prison,” he wrote. “It is entirely possible that this will be the last time you hear from me.”

He went from "a lot more people are going to die here" to expressions of fear and self-pity at a pretty good clip, even for a Nazi. Cantwell also says he'll turn himself in, but it's unclear why he's not, ya know, already doing that.

At least two of the warrants are related to felony charges, so while it’s not clear he’ll really be spending “decades” in prison, he definitely has reason to be a sad, sad fascist.

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Affinity Photo 1.6.4 update headlined by new Macro studio, 3D LUT exports [Video]

9to5Mac - 3 hours 36 min ago

Affinity Photo developer, Serif, is continuing to add big enhancements to the iPad version of its professional photo editing app. Version 1.6.4 of Affinity Photo for iPad, which comes not long after the app’s first big update, brings some compelling new features to the table for photo editing enthusiasts. more…

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Driverless Cars Need a Lot More Than Software, Ford CTO Says

Slashdot - 3 hours 39 min ago
In an interview, Ken Washington, Ford's Chief Technical Officer, shared company's views on how autonomy will change car design. From an article: The biggest influence will be how the cars are bought, sold and used: "You would design those vehicles differently depending on what business model (is being used). We're working through that business model question right now," he said. The biggest misconceptions about autonomous capabilities is that it's only about software: "People are imagining that the act of doing software for autonomy is all you need to do and then you can just bolt it to the car," he said. "I don't think it's possible to describe what an autonomous vehicle is going to look like," he added.

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Fox's Ralph Peters Blames Obama For Naval Crash This Weekend

Crooks and Liars - 3 hours 41 min ago

On this morning's Varney & Co., Fox News' Ralph Peters eventually blamed the second naval crash in the last two months, the USS John McCain on President Obama.

Guest host Ashley Webster asked Fox News' military and strategic analyst, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, why with our fabulous technology, these crashes keep happening.

At first, Peters blasted the officers and the crew, "The obvious conclusion is the officers on the bridge and the seamen don't have basic navigation skills. They don't, no longer are drilled in basic seamanship. They don't have the discipline they should."

Peter expressed how much he loved the Navy, but said it was in a bad way right now, especially after the "Fat Leonard" scandal.

Peters continued, "You had the horrific behavior of the sailors who were grabbed by Iran without a fight."

Ashley, "Yes."

And then he claimed Obama had turned the military into wussies.

Peters continued, "But I think they're -- one of the parts of this problem, part of it is fundamental. Those sailors did not have the basic seamanship skills, but by God, they got their sensitivity training, they got their race relations training, they got their sexual harassment training and we have for a long time, but particularly under Obama, turned the military into a social engineering experiment."

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Medina's Keller dreaming big after stellar state run

Medina Gazette - 3 hours 47 min ago

It’s not unusual to see Juliette Keller with a smile on her face following a grueling cross country race.

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Medina's Keller dreaming big after stellar state run

Medina Gazette - 3 hours 47 min ago

It’s not unusual to see Juliette Keller with a smile on her face following a grueling cross country race.

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Medina's Keller dreaming big after stellar state run

Medina Gazette - 3 hours 47 min ago

It’s not unusual to see Juliette Keller with a smile on her face following a grueling cross country race.

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Medina's Keller dreaming big after stellar state run

Medina Gazette - 3 hours 47 min ago
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AG Candidate Dettelbach Gets Support From Every Democratic U.S. House Member In Ohio

Plunderbund - 3 hours 59 min ago

U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach.

On Monday, all four current Democratic members of the U.S. House endorsed former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach’s bid for Ohio Attorney General. The endorsements add to the momentum after Dettelbach’s latest campaign finance filing showed $630,000 raised for the period, positioning the campaign for success in 2018, according to a press release..

“I’m honored to have the support of these public servants who work every day to make Ohio a better place. As Ohio Attorney General, I’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with our representatives to take on powerful special interests, keep our communities safe and level the playing field so that every Ohioan gets a fair shot,” Dettelbach said in the release.

Below are quotes from each of the U.S. House members endorsing Dettelbach. Later this week, Plunderbund will publish an exclusive interview with Dettelbach about his campaign for Ohio attorney general.

U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty, OH-03: “I enthusiastically support Steve Dettelbach for Ohio Attorney General. With Columbus and Washington special interests attacks on working families, it’s more important than ever that Ohio has an Attorney General who has the experience taking on tough fights. We know now more than ever how important it is that we have experienced leaders who will look out for working people as our State AGs. And I can’t think of anyone who fits that description better than Steve.”

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, OH-09: “I saw Steve Dettelbach in action when he served as U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio. I know he has the experience to tackle the challenges facing our state. His record working with law enforcement is second to none. I have seen it first-hand with his work from combatting human trafficking to helping clean up the mess from the bank meltdown of 2008. Steve has the right priorities. He’ll use the office of the Attorney General to fight to level the playing field for Ohio families and to ensure that every Ohioan gets a fair shot to get ahead.”

U.S. Representative Marcia L. Fudge, OH-11: “The State of Ohio is in need of strong leadership. It matters who we elect our next Attorney General. We need someone fair, just, and compassionate. That is why I support Steve Dettelbach. Steve is a champion for civil and human rights and has the experience to make our communities safer and the commitment to defend the rights of every Ohioan.”

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, OH-13: “When Steve was US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, I watched him lead anti-gang initiatives in Warren and Youngstown, all the while taking on powerful corporations and corrupt politicians from both parties. I know he has what it takes to stand up to the powerful as Attorney General and fight for working Ohioans. I’m proud to support his campaign for Ohio AG.”

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Here Is Southern California’s 69% Eclipse

Kevin Drum - 4 hours 2 min ago

Sure, sure, you can do better at the NASA site, with all their fancy telescopes and stuff. But what you really want to know is what the eclipse looked like in my backyard with a cheap camera. Right? Well, here you go:

UPDATE: Hey, this is a perfect opportunity to try out my camera’s HDR function, which cleverly takes multiple shots at different exposures and then combines them. In theory, this means the camera can properly expose both the sun and the surrounding trees. In theory:

Jeez, you really have to hold the camera steady for HDR to work, don’t you? I’m not so good at that. And I guess there’s a limit to just how much contrast HDR can handle. Either that or I need to learn more about it. I just switched the HDR setting to ON and fired away. Oh well. At least I got a moderately interesting effect out of it.

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Eclipse Open Thread!

Balloon Juice - 4 hours 8 min ago

I saw it! I saw it! The eclipse started about 10 minutes ago in my area, will peak just before 3 PM and be over shortly after 4 PM. We have a lot of fat, puffy white clouds, which I thought were going to ruin it — and still might.

But I went out into my shady yard, made my way to the one sunny spot, put on my eclipse glasses, and behold! The dragon took a wee nibble out of the sun!

It’s still hot and bright as fuck. And I stepped in dog shit on the way back in. But a magical experience nonetheless, and I’m looking forward to seeing the 80% or so occlusion at peak, if the clouds cooperate!

Feel free to share eclipse chatter here.

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China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

Medina Gazette - 4 hours 15 min ago

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles (350 kilometers) per hour.

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China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

Medina Gazette - 4 hours 15 min ago

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles (350 kilometers) per hour.

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China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

Medina Gazette - 4 hours 15 min ago

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles (350 kilometers) per hour.

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China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

Medina Gazette - 4 hours 15 min ago

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles (350 kilometers) per hour.

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Supreme Court Asked To Nullify the Google Trademark

Slashdot - 4 hours 19 min ago
Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court. From a report: What's before the Supreme Court is a trademark lawsuit that Google already defeated in a lower court. The lawsuit claims that Google should no longer be trademarked because the word "google" is synonymous to the public with the term "search the Internet." "There is no single word other than google that conveys the action of searching the Internet using any search engine," according to the petition to the Supreme Court. It's perhaps one of the most consequential trademark case before the justices since they ruled in June that offensive trademarks must be allowed. The Google trademark dispute dates to 2012 when a man named Chris Gillespie registered 763 domain names that combined "google" with other words and phrase, including "googledonaldtrump.com."

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